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George Clooney: I Used To Be Tony Bennett’s Driver

Post by Katiedot on Mon Feb 27 2012, 08:57

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George Clooney may command $15 million a movie nowadays, but he hasn’t forgotten his early days … as Tony Bennett’s driver.

News that Clooney used to play chauffeur for Bennett emerged from a chance meeting on the Oscars red carpet. The 50-year-old actor, arm-in-arm with girlfriend Stacy Keibler, bumped into the legendary crooner outside the Hollywood and Highlands Centre on Sunday.

“Tony, this is Stacy,” said George to Tony, as he introduced his girlfriend. “I was his driver when I was 19,” Clooney told Keibler.

Like any good red carpet gossip hound, Billy Bush from Access Hollywood overheard this, and enquired further. According to Clooney, “I did [serve as his driver] – for about three weeks.”

When Bush asked about Clooney’s chauffeuring skills, Clooney interjected: “He doesn’t remember. I was Rosemary’s [Clooney] nephew.” This seemed to flick a light on in Bennett’s head: “[George] was very good. He had to tell me about it many years later. He actually drove me somewhere and I didn’t know who he was.”

As Clooney prepared to leave the scene, he told Bennett, “I’ll still drive you anywhere you wanna go.”

Clooney wasn’t drowning in awards himself last night, though The Descendants, a film in which the actor stars, did win an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Yet Clooney wasn’t moaning – he told Access Hollywood that he’d already brought his own gold statuette – a reference to Kiebler, who was rocking a strapless and slinky gold Marchesa gown. Being compared to a statue’s a compliment … right?

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Re: George Clooney: I Used To Be Tony Bennett’s Driver

Post by playfuldeb on Sun Apr 15 2012, 10:23

Tony is a very very nice guy. I know his "nephew" pretty well. "Nephew" because the guy is not blood related, but related by years of friendship. Tony even refers to him as his nephew!

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Re: George Clooney: I Used To Be Tony Bennett’s Driver

Post by it's me on Sun Apr 15 2012, 10:26

great voice!

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Re: George Clooney: I Used To Be Tony Bennett’s Driver

Post by Joanna on Sun Apr 15 2012, 10:46

There's a video of this encounter, where George made sure he introduced Stacy to Tony on the red carpet.

Yes playful, Tony always comes across as a genuinely lovely man.

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